In January, I committed myself to what seemed like a simple yet daunting task:
Simple, because that’s exactly what the activities that come most naturally to us are. Daunting, because 100 days seemed (and still seems) like a huge number. On my first week, I was running on the pure momentum of “YEAH! 100 days here I come!!! Paulo Coelho was right in saying that “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” I would wake up early, bright-eyed, and ready to take on a new canvas.
And then life caught up. Schedules got busy, art expenses added up, and somehow I lost that sparkly magic that comes with the novelty of starting something new. Fast forward 19 weeks later, and I’ve still got a long way to go. (As of writing, I’m at Day 37) And that’s alright with me. Kind of.
There have been days when I felt too unmotivated to go on, but despite the challenges, I can say that I’m learning what it means to trust the process. Taking the highs with the lows and making art anyway. It’s acknowledging how much I have yet to learn without discrediting how far I’ve already come.
The biggest lesson I’ve learned so far is that discipline masters creativity. Like a muscle that needs to be constantly trained to get better, creativity requires the same kind of persistence to grow. But as serious as I make it sound, this project has brought only great things into my life! Any day that I get to paint is automatically a good one, no matter what happens after I leave my workspace. My love for the craft has deepened, and I feel myself being more experimental with my style, and the fact that I’m actually keeping this up and living out my dream makes me very, very, happy.
And of course, a big source of motivation comes from the kind and encouraging words I get from friends and family! Thank you to everyone who’s reached out to me to let me know that they enjoyed one of my artworks. You all make me feel like I’m making a positive contribution in this world. Inspiring people is definitely a huge happiness booster.
At this point, my new mantra is to focus on the process rather than the end goal. To approach each day with the intention of growing, whether I leave my table with a finished or unfinished canvas for the day. To adjust my daily expectations without lowering my standards–not just in my art, but in all other areas of my life. Because life is too short to do uninspired work, and to live an uninspired life.
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